Dominic Treadwell-Collins

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Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Born (1977-08-26) 26 August 1977 (age 40)[1]
Nationality British
Occupation Television producer

Dominic Treadwell-Collins (born 26 August 1977) is a British television producer, known for his work on the soap operas Family Affairs and EastEnders, and for creating the EastEnders spin-off series Kat & Alfie: Redwater.

Early life[edit]

Treadwell-Collins' father was the son of an Irish farmer, Michael, who emigrated to London from his home near Skibbereen, in West Cork, in the mid 1960s whilst his mother, Linda, is from north London.[2] At the age of fifteen, Treadwell-Collins' father died in a drowning accident whilst on holiday at the family home in Fort Lauderdale, USA.[2] As a child, he had ambitions to work for the BBC, as he lived in Radlett, Hertfordshire, near the BBC Elstree Studios, and used to look in through the gates.[3]

Education[edit]

Treadwell-Collins attended St Christopher's primary school in Radlett, and Edge Grove School, an independent school in the village of Aldenham in Hertfordshire, followed by Harrow School, a boarding independent school in Harrow-on-the-Hill in north west London, and then the University of Oxford.[2]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Treadwell-Collins' first job in television was for the ITV crime drama series Midsomer Murders, devising means of killing off characters.[3] He moved to Talkback Thames for four years,[4] working as a story producer on the Five soap opera Family Affairs, where he was taught to storyline by Ian Aldwinckle.[citation needed] In 2007, he named the show winning the 2005 British Soap Award for "Best Storyline" the biggest achievement of his career.[3] Family Affairs was cancelled in 2005, which surprised Treadwell-Collins, who had expected that several award wins meant the show would be extended. He felt that viewers remained "incredibly loyal" to the series, and that it would have had greater longevity had it aired on a different channel, or been better publicised by Five.[5]

EastEnders[edit]

Treadwell-Collins began working on the BBC soap opera EastEnders in October 2005,[4] as a senior story editor under Brigie de Courcy, before becoming story producer in January 2007.[3] He was responsible for running the EastEnders story department, working with the show's writers to devise future storylines.[3] In his first year on the show, he created the characters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell, played by Samantha Womack and Rita Simons.[6] In response to criticism of the show's lack of characters with disabilities, EastEnders producers planned to introduce several actors with disabilities in early 2009. Treadwell-Collins felt that such characters are often portrayed as being "noble or 'worthy'", and suggested that EastEnders subvert this stereotype by making the new roles flawed.[7] He created the storyline in which the Muslim character Syed Masood struggled to reconcile his faith and sexuality, and his relationship with Christian Clarke,[citation needed] as well as The Secret Mitchell and the Who Killed Archie? whodunnit, which culminated in the show's first live episode in February 2010.[4]

Treadwell-Collins stood down from his EastEnders role on 25 June 2010, becoming head of development at Kudos' Lovely Day production company. The company is run by former EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer, who commented: "Dominic is a brilliant and original talent, bursting with great ideas and gripping stories. Many of EastEnders' best storylines and characters of the last few years have come directly from his imagination and design, and he played an integral part in conceiving and plotting the hugely successful 25th anniversary episodes. I'm delighted to be resuming our creative partnership at Lovely Day." Treadwell-Collins stated: "I have had an amazing time at EastEnders and I couldn't have dreamed of a better place to work. Working on EastEnders has enabled me to create some fantastic storylines and characters that have been received so well but after four-and-a-half years of life in Walford, I feel that it is time to move on and try something new."[4]

As executive producer[edit]

On 29 July 2013, it was announced that Treadwell-Collins would be returning to EastEnders as executive producer, taking over from Lorraine Newman, who resigned from the role after sixteen months on the job. Treadwell-Collins assumed the position on 19 August 2013[8] and his first episode as executive producer aired on 9 December 2013.

Treadwell-Collins' first major cast change was to introduce Shirley Carter's (Linda Henry) extended family, who took over The Queen Vic – her brother (later revealed to be her son) Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), sister Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White), Mick's common-law wife Linda (Kellie Bright)[9] and their children Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard), Nancy (Maddy Hill) and Johnny (Sam Strike).[10] The family was later expanded to include Shirley, Tina and Mick's father Stan Carter (Timothy West), their maternal aunt Babe Smith (Annette Badland)[11] and their estranged mother Sylvie (Linda Marlowe),[12] plus Shirley's son Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) who returned to the show after several years.[13] Other major characters introduced by Treadwell-Collins include Dot Branning's (June Brown) grandson Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett),[14] Pam (Lin Blakley) wife of established recurring character Les Coker (Roger Sloman), girlfriend of Tina Tosh Mackintosh (Rebecca Scroggs),[15] Donna Yates (Lisa Hammond) as a Bridge Street Market Trader (later revealed to be Vincent's Adoptive Sister), Aleks Shirovs (Kristian Kiehling) as a Latvian market inspector, DC Emma Summerhayes (Anna Acton) a detective investigating the murder of Lucy Beale, Yvonne Cotton (Pauline McLynn) as Charlie's Mum, Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami as a Bridge Street Market Trader and friend of Martin, Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood) as Kim Fox's husband, Claudette Hubbard (Ellen Thomas) as Vincent's Mother and Donna's Adoptive Mother, Carmel Kazemi (Bonnie Langford) as Kush's Mother, Paul Coker (Jonny Labey), Gavin Sullivan (Paul Nicholas) husband to Kathy Beale, (later revealed to be Sharon's father), Kyle Slater (Riley Carter Millington) and Shakil Kazemi (Shaheen Jafargholi).[16]

Treadwell-Collins also reintroduced several characters who had previously featured in the show, including Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy)[17] Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner), Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), Les Coker (Roger Sloman),[18] Jane Beale (Laurie Brett), Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton)[19] Jack Branning (Scott Maslen),[20] and Steven Beale (Aaron Sidwell) who all returned permanently, while the likes of Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor),[21][22] Nick Cotton (John Altman),[23][24] Christian Clarke (John Partridge), Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks), Anthony Trueman (Nicholas Bailey), Jean Slater (Gillian Wright), Tanya Cross (Jo Joyner), Libby Fox (Belinda Owusu), Robbie Jackson (Dean Gaffney), Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet), Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott), Charlie Slater (Derek Martin) Glenda Mitchell (Glynis Barber), Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp), Sam Mitchell (Danniella Westbrook), Pat Butcher (Pam St Clement), Linda Clarke (Lynda Baron) and Lorna Cartwright (Janet Dibley), have all returned for guest appearances. The characters of Shabnam Masood,[25] Rebecca Fowler, Ben Mitchell,[26] Martin Fowler,[27] Louise Mitchell,[28] Jordan Johnson and Belinda Peacock[29] were also reintroduced, but the roles were recast to Rakhee Thakrar, Jasmine Armfield, Harry Reid, James Bye,[30] Tilly Keeper,[31] Joivan Wade[32] and Carli Norris, rather than Zahra Ahmadi, Jade Sharif, Joshua Pascoe, James Alexandrou, Brittany Papple, Michael-Joel David Stuart and Leanne Lakey [33] respectively.

Treadwell-Collins also created a spin-off for the EastEnders characters Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) set in Ireland called Kat & Alfie: Redwater, which started on BBC One and RTÉ One in May 2017.[34][35]

Treadwell-Collins' decision to leave the show was announced on 18 February 2016.[36] He described his choice as "not one I have taken lightly" and citied his reasons for leaving as wanting to "move on to other things".[36] His final work on the show saw him produce the conclusion the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline and produce the death of Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor). Of Windsor's request that he produce her exit storyline, Treadwell-Collins said "When Dame Barbara comes to you to produce her final episodes, you cannot say no."[36] Treadwell-Collins' final day at EastEnders was on 6 May 2016.[37]

Post EastEnders[edit]

Treadwell-Collins' new post as Head of Television at Blueprint Television was announced on 7 June 2016.[38] Treadwell-Collins stated his admiration of films produced by Blueprints and his excitement to "develop their television arm".[38] The co-chairman of Blueprint Pictures, Graham Broadbent, added that the company were "excited to have someone of his experience and calibre to launch Blueprint's TV side".[38]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "EastEnders' new boss and his star Danny Dyer on the changes coming to Walford". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
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  5. ^ Bishop, Tom (30 December 2005). "End of the Affairs for Five soap". BBC News. BBC Online. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Adam Page (director, producer), Mark Cossey (executive producer) (2009-04-03). "EastEnders Revealed: The Secret Mitchell". EastEnders Revealed. Episode 56. BBC. BBC Three. 
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  27. ^ "EastEnders recasts Martin Fowler". 11 October 2014. 
  28. ^ Dainty, Sophie (16 December 2015). "Here comes trouble: Phil Mitchell's feisty daughter Louise is returning to EastEnders next year". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  29. ^ "Carli Norris to play Belinda Slater". EastEnders News & Spoilers. 2015-12-20. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  30. ^ "Martin Fowler returns to Albert Square". EastEnders News & Spoilers. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  31. ^ "Louise Mitchell Returns To Albert Square". EastEnders News & Spoilers. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  32. ^ "Jordan Johnson returns to EastEnders". EastEnders News & Spoilers. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  33. ^ "Carli Norris to play Belinda Slater". EastEnders News & Spoilers. 2015-12-20. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  34. ^ Brown, David (4 April 2015). "EastEnders: Kat and Alfie to get their own drama series on BBC1". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
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  37. ^ Treadwell-Collins, Dominic (6 May 2016). "DomTreadwellCollins on Twitter: "It's my last day on Albert Square."". Twitter. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  38. ^ a b c Brown, David (7 June 2016). "New job for ex-EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins revealed". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 

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Preceded by
Lorraine Newman
Executive Producer of EastEnders
2013–16
Succeeded by
Sean O'Connor